I did what you did, I worked untill I could no longer work! When a light duty job would open, I would ask for it and get turned down! The place where I worked wanted me gone!! They were looking for any reason to get me out of there hair!! With our contract (no union) it states that with out any notice, you can be dismissed at anytime! It also stated that, you were to do any and everything you were told. I did a lot of things that were not in my job description, but I could not refuse, or it was by, by time! In my case, it is a fight every minute. I had a Disc O gram done 4 years ago, they lay you on your stomach, no pain meds what so ever, they put 3 - 8" needles in my back and 2 - 5"neddles. I had been in so much pain for so long, and never missing work, I made them hold me down, because I knew any more pain and I would be jumping, 3 out of the 5, KILLED ME, I heard him tell the nurses see the dye leaking out, on 3 of them, on the other 2 there wasn't much pain a tall. My Doctor, who I thought was a friend, got it in his head that if he wasn't treating me, he wouldn't have to waste his time in court! A person doesn't need many friends like that!! It took the second work comp 11 months to get me my first penny, I was forced to sell my totaly restored 1986 Indy Pace Car Corvette Convertable, I lost $3000.00 not counting my time, but I needed the money bad! I have nothing left, no money, nothing left to sale, if i go to the ER, I have to pay for that, and since he isn't a W.C. approved, the patches are $200.00!! And who is to say, the next Doctor will let me have them?? Pete this sounds bad, but I have no life, even with the pain patches I am still in pain, when I was on the 100mg's I had 2 out of 3 days that wasn't bad, but my wife, my Dad, My Son, My Brother, all set me down and told me I had a real problem, so i had it cut back to 75mg, and I wasn't nuts anymore but still in pain and no life! All meds warn you off side affects, but these patches says in Bold letter , Do not stop taking for any reason, there have been a few cases of death! My wife has been instructed to sue all of them big time if I die, at least I would no longer be in pain! i have a very beautifull wife, that I cannot even make love to!!
Pete I thank you for your concern, but you have a lot on your plate, and take care of yourself! i have had a good life up untill Oct.2006, and no life after that!
Hang in there!!!